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  • iPad 2 Displays Surface


    Photos of a supposed iPad 2 touchscreen are making the rounds today, courtesy of a repair shop with parts suppliers in China. They are not Retina Displays, in line with recent reports, but are apparently thinner 1024 x 768 IPS screens. Meanwhile, an industry research firm claims to have uncovered evidence that Apple intends to corner the market on advanced LCD displays.

    The rumor mill pushed the idea that the iPad 2 would have a Retina Display, a story fed by discoveries of higher resolution graphics in the iBooks app. However, that rumor collapsed under its own weight, as LCD screens high-resolution enough to be called Retina Displays would be too expensive and require too much graphics horsepower to be reasonable for a tablet. Instead, Apple was said to be looking at a thinner, lighter screen for the new device.

    A replacement screen that 9to5Mac got from iFixYouri - an iDevice repair shop in Florida and Somerville, Mass. - is apparently an LG Phillips 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 high-aperture-ratio IPS display. It's about a millimeter thinner than current displays and is said to be "significantly lighter." It also has a thinner surrounding frame, which would support the rumors about a tapered design that have been suggested by leaked iPad 2 cases coming out of Asia.

    Many observers believe Apple is looking to the third- or fourth-generation iPad to have true Retina Displays. And a report from market research firm iSuppli indicates that Apple is spending billions of dollars to lock in its supplies of high-resolution screens from LG Display, Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Mobile Display. The analysis by iSuppli suggests that Apple wants to corner the market in advanced in-plane switching (IPS) and low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) technology. With Samsung's active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays going mostly into its own products, this may mean that very few other manufacturers will have access to high-resolution displays.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 Displays Surface started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      who cares honestly?
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ NiveK View Post
      who cares honestly?
      I could be going out on a limb here but I'm assuming those who are interested in the iPad 2
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ NiveK View Post
      who cares honestly?
      People that are interested in iPad 2...
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Umm so its just thinner? Same resolution? What a disappointment if this is true. Thinner and lighter will be nice but come on!!!! We need more pixels!!! What a rip
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Who cares about a better display, iPad 2 is going to be the shiznittle bam snip-snap-sack
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      Who cares about a better display, iPad 2 is going to be the shiznittle bam snip-snap-sack
      That was stupid. And yeah who cares if it gets upgraded. If it's the exact same and has a 2 after the name it will be way better!
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Can't wait to see what Apple will come up with. Rumors can give you a good idea of what a future iDevice will look like but you'll never know until it's actually released. I love/hate this suspense and just can't wait no longer, I really wanna see if there going to surprise me or if i'm just going to say " yea I knew that was going to happen".
    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      kind of glad they didn't put a retina display on this as i am sure it would not be sold for $499 if it did. i bet they'll do it for the 3rd generation though once prices go down...
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      only a millimeter thinner this dont really sound very Apple like now half as thin as the original iPad would be a huger accomplishment
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      then what is really gonna make me upgrade?? A camera and a dual core processor?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fventura03 View Post
      kind of glad they didn't put a retina display on this as i am sure it would not be sold for $499 if it did. i bet they'll do it for the 3rd generation though once prices go down...
      If you look at how Apple does product refreshes they NEVER increase prices no matter what upgrades they put in. They keep the same price point while give you micro-upgrades... just enough to make you buy the newest one... but not enough to justify a price increase.
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      only a millimeter thinner this dont really sound very Apple like now half as thin as the original iPad would be a huger accomplishment
      They said the screen is a mm thinner. Doesn't mean the whole iPad 2 won't be even thinner
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Dual core CPU, dual core GPU, 2 cameras, 512MB RAM, and thinner overall design. Sounds like just enough to make me upgrade but not quite enough to make me giddy... typical
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      I never got the iPad but for sure getting iPad 2!!
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJ NiveK View Post
      who cares honestly?
      Well, I for one really care. An iPad would be perfect for my dad's birthday... if it had a retina display. I have actually held out because I had hoped that the iPad2 would have a retina display and facetime. My iPhone 4's screen is really amazing, and makes reading much easier. It's just a bit small to use as a reading device. My dad STILL prints out things from online to read on paper because he doesn't like reading on screens because it hurts his eyes.

      My dad is a huge reader, and an e-reader would be perfect for him. The iPad would be the best choice hands down because of all of it's extra functionality, and with the rumored facetime integration paired with his first grandchild on the way would be the perfect gift. But this is all for naught if it won't suffice as an e-reader do to it's lower resolution.

      So to recap, yeah, some people care.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Dual core CPU, dual core GPU, 2 cameras, 512MB RAM, and thinner overall design. Sounds like just enough to make me upgrade but not quite enough to make me giddy... typical
      Sounds good to me
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Dual core CPU, dual core GPU, 2 cameras, 512MB RAM, and thinner overall design. Sounds like just enough to make me upgrade but not quite enough to make me giddy... typical
      My thoughts too
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      My thoughts too
      I'm glad we are in agreement
    1. iam8bit's Avatar
      iam8bit -
      i just thought: if ipad 2 had a retina display, what massive apps for it would be! sure, that would be beautiful - high definition image on a great big screen but who will be making that? companies like gameloft or EA - maybe, but what about ordinary programmers?
      i think that ipad2 does not need retina.
      higher productivity - yes, cameras - great but retina - i don't think so.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      This will be disappointing if true. Right now they just have a display in their possession that they believe is an iPad2 screen. There is an unconfirmed comment on the report that says part of the model number, x02 or 02, should indicate a xga, sxga, or wxga size (xga is 1024x768, qxga is 2048x1536). I'm not sure if that's true or not, as I've found other LG wxga displays with different identifiers like W01 and WX4 (example), although that doesn't disprove it. Would still be good to see something that ties it to being an iPad 2 part, or confirmation of the resolution.

      They should try hooking it up to an original iPad and see what comes up.